Title Organic Agriculture E-learning (FINESSA)
Project Number 2008-1-FI1-LEO05-00455
Product Course Guide for the FINESSA Blended Learning Program
Title Course Guide for the FINESSA Blended Learning Program
Product Type program or curricula
Marketing Text The Course Guide describes the blended learning model for a competence based vocational education at Level-3 and the modular curriculum for commercial organic agriculture/horticulture production created by the FINESSA project.
The FINESSA blended learning model has a strong emphasis on acquiring competencies through work place learning, supported by e-learning, in commercial organic production units (e.g. farm or horticultural operation). The program can be adapted to both college based VET programs as well as apprenticeship programs.
The modules of the FINESSA curriculum list the learning aims the make up the competencies required of a professional in organic production. They have been written together by associations representing the specific industry (i.e. organic producers' associations) and VET providers. They therefore meet well the needs and the realities of the industry as well as fit the current European understanding of competence based vocational education. The assessment scenarios emphasise the use of evidence gathered in work place learning to demonstrate the competenceies acquired by the learner.
The Course Guide gives suggestions to VET providers in designing individual learning paths for learners. The aim has been to transform the role of the VET teacher from a knowledge transferrer to a learning facilitator.
Target group The target group of the Guide are the VET providers and designers and producers' associations providing training or apprenticeships in the fields of agriculture/horticulture.
Result The program described is used by the project partners and is freely available on the internet for all interested parties.
Area of application Designing and running of VET programs in the field of organic production